The streets of Colombo bustle with activity. The bazaars in Pettah Market brim with vibrant hues emanating from saris and the swirling textures of unique geometric designs. The aromas of turmeric and coriander linger around the marketplace. Your flight lands at Bandaranaike International Airport. Your private transfer greets you upon your arrival and leads you to the endless movement of rickshaws overlooking the sapphire waters of the Indian Ocean. You travel north to Negombo, where the gold sands shimmer beneath the drifting sunlight.
Outrigger canoes rest on the shoreline with their loose sails rustling in the breeze. Fishermen use the waters from the ocean and the lagoon to catch lobsters, crabs, prawns, and various types of fish. Remainders of the European colonial days decorate the streets and overlook the edges of the lagoon. The scent of cinnamon seems to linger from the days in which the Dutch utilized the area for the spice trade.
You settle into the luxuries of your beachside resort, enjoying the sands shaded by palm trees and lounge chairs residing by the refreshing waters of the pool. Your room has a pristine view of the lush tropical landscape, allowing you to open the window and find the semi-sweet scent of the ocean breeze. Your guide meets you in the lobby after you have time to freshen up, and leads you on a relaxed tour through the town to view the remnants of the colonial past and the continued traditions of local culture, beginning at the 17th-century ruins of the Dutch fort.